Tissue Submission

Pathology Histopathology Tissue Submission

Tissue Submission

Contact us if you have questions about preparing or submitting tissues after looking over the guidelines on this page. See the Supplies page for sources of materials.



 Click pages below for more information



Collecting & fixing tissues

Specimen containers

Labeling cassettes

Trimming tissues

Freezing tissues for cryosectioning

Histology request instructions

Histology Request Form (*.pdf)

Histology Request Form (*.doc)


Slide boxes
We place completed slides in boxes unless instructed otherwise. If you don't provide your own, we will provide them for charges shown on our fees page. We don't recommend carrying slides down the street in folders; it's very easy for them to fall out.

Additional News and Announcements

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) Policy

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have announced a policy affecting the acceptance of Multiple Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) in appropriate research grant applications. This policy is effective with new applications submitted on or after October 1, 2016.

    Topics discussed within the policy announcement include:

    • Availability of Multiple-PD/PI Model
    • Change from an active single-PD/PI to a multiple-PD/PI award, or changes in the number or makeup of multiple-PD/PIs.
    • Change from an active multiple-PD/PI to a single-PD/PI award.
    • Deciding When to Use the Multiple-PD/PI Model

    Please review the original policy notice here (NOT-HS-16-018) for more details.

    Posted by | 09/26/16
  • NIH Notices - September 19, 2016

    • Policy on Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Clinical Trials
      (NOT-OD-16-147) National Institutes of Health
    • Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials
      (NOT-OD-16-148) National Institutes of Health
    • NIH Policy on the Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information
      (NOT-OD-16-149) National Institutes of Health
    See the full web version of these notices and more here.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 09/19/16
  • Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women

    The goal of the Inter-CFAR collaborative symposium on HIV in Women is to share cutting edge research, extend knowledge and foster action to address gaps toward understanding the complex clinical, biological and social aspects of HIV in women. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) EC meeting to allow for joint activities with WIHS investigators. The meeting will consist of three sessions:
    • Vulnerable Populations
    • Microbiome in HIV-Infected Women and its Impact on Health Outcomes
    • The HIV Continuum of Care Across the Lifespan of Women
    We are currently soliciting abstracts for posters and oral presentations from investigators in relevant areas until Oct 2, 2016.
    Posted by Center for AIDS Research | 09/15/16
  • Research Administration Announces Melinda Cotten as Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs

    ​Dr. Richard Marchase, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, is pleased to announce the appointment of Melinda Cotten as Assistant Vice President of Sponsored Programs. She will be starting on September 19, 2016. Ms. Cotten will be working with her staff in assisting UAB researchers in their efforts to secure and fulfill extramurally funded sponsored programs by performing pre-award and non-financial post-award administration. With a focus on customer-centric approaches for continuously improving UAB’s processing of submissions, Cotten’s extensive experience will be critical to ensuring the continued success of the UAB research community, and maintaining UAB’s national position as a top research university.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 09/12/16
  • NIH Notices – September 12, 2016


    • Optional Electronic Method to Request Withdrawal of Applications from Consideration for Funding
      (NOT-OD-16-143) National Institutes of Health
    • Notice of Correction to PA-16-309 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)"
      (NOT-OD-16-146) National Institutes of Health
    • AHRQ Retires Policy on Post-Submission
      (NOT-HS-16-017) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 09/12/16
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) System Shutdown on September 17-18, 2016

    All National Science Foundation (NSF) systems, including the NSF websiteResearch.gov and FastLane, will be unavailable from 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, until 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 18. This downtime is scheduled to coincide with repairs to the Foundation's electrical systems. Affected deadlines that fall on Monday, September 19, are extended to Tuesday, September 20, submitter's local time. See the attached NSF downtime notice for more information on affected solicitations.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 09/09/16
  • eRA Enhancements – September 9, 2016

    Effective September 8, 2016, Signing Officials have the ability to electronically request the withdrawal of an application through eRA Commons. A Signing Official has two business days after successfully submitting an error-free application to reject the application. If more than two business days have elapsed, the Signing Official must contact the Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR) to request an application be withdrawn. Contacting DRR directly may now be done electronically. Requesting the withdrawal of an application will remain available while the application has not undergone review and the summary statement posted.



    • The initiation of a withdrawal request can be done by the Signing Official or Principal Investigator.
    • A new navigation tab, Prior Approval, was added to Commons.
    • Signing Officials have the ability to search for requests.
    • Automated notifications are generated on submission and on approval of DRR withdrawal requests.


    For more details on the features listed above, please review the original announcement. For more information concerning Prior Approval for Withdrawals, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-16-143 and the Prior Approval section in the eRA Commons online help.

    Posted by | 09/09/16
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Years of Support Clarification for K24 Funding

    The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have announced an important clarification impacting years of support for both new and renewal K24 funding. The maximum years of support is capped at 10 years. Review the full notice for more details.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 09/08/16
  • NIH Extramural Nexus Updates - August 2016

    The NIH Extramural Nexus Updates for August 2016 are now available. Some highlighted stories include:

    • NIH Support for Model Organisms, Parts Two and Three
    • National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) Postdoctoral Stipend Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2017
    • NIH Loan Payment Programs (LRPs) Accepting Applications from September 1 through November 15
    • Changes to Post-submission Materials and Appendix Policies Take Effect January 25, 2017
    • Withdrawing Applications Electronically in eRA Commons, Available on September 8, 2016
    • FAQ: How May a PI Check Their Eligibility for a Continuous Submission?
    • NIH Closed for Federal Holiday: September 5, 2016 (Labor Day)
    • See the original digest or attachment for more information.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 09/02/16
  • New F&A Rate - Implementation for Proposals in Process

    UAB has a new Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate Agreement with the federal government.  Effective immediately, all Principal Investigators and department staff should update all in-process and future proposals, particularly for the NIH Oct. 5th deadline to the new rates.  The On-Campus rate for research is 48.5% and the Off-Campus (more than 50% of the project is off campus and rent is included in the budget) rate remains the same at 26%.  All fringe benefit rates remain the same.
    This rate agreement is dated 9/1/2016 and is effective until 9/30/2019.
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs by email: askosp@uab.edu.
    Posted by | 09/01/16
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